Japanese traditional sweets in autumn. Feel autumn with Wagashi

Japanese traditional sweets in autumn. Feel autumn with Wagashi

One unique characteristic of Japanese traditional sweets, Wagashi, is how the many varieties represent the changing seasons. Of course, there are some Wagashi that you can enjoy throughout a year such as Taiyaki, (fish-shaped pancakes with red bean paste filling) but if you take a look at Wagashi store’s showcase you’ll see different types of Wagashi depending on the season.

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Autumn already have arrived in Japan, so let me introduce you to Wagashi world in autumn!ヽ(´∀`ヽ)


Types of Wagashi in autumn

Autumn Wagashi can be split into two main types. The first type are those that are styled after the symbolic colors and sights of autumn. The second are those that include ingredients harvested in autumn, so mainly sweet potatoes, chestnuts and persimmons.


Wagashi that express autumn by looking

Moving back to the first type that tries to capture the nature of Autumn in the presentation, they mainly try to portray the symbolic flowers and autumn colors. A lot of these types of Wagashi take the form of ‘Nerikiri’, a combination of Shiroan, white bean paste, and Gyuhi, sweet soft Mochi.


Flower of autumn: Cosmos
Cosmos is written as “autumn cherry blossom” in Japanese characters. People love Cosmos by its cute looking just like cherry blossom in autumn.


Symbol of autumn: Autumn leaves
Leaves turn to red in autumn and they are very beautiful.


Flower of autumn: Chrysanthemum
As there is a day of chrysanthemum (9th September) in Japan, people love chrysanthemum.


Wagashi that is made with tastes of autumn

In addition to some classic Dorayaki, there are unique and creative modern types of Dorayaki too.

As autumn in Japan is called “Appetite of Autumn” (shokuyoku-no-aki), there are many veggies/fruits/nuts that especially delicious in this season.


Sweet potato
Sweet potato in autumn is more sweet and delicious! They are good as just grilled, but why don’t you taste them in Wagashi?

Sweet potato Yo-kan↓


Nuts are in season too, especially chestnuts are great for sweets. Some Wagashi try to express chestnuts by their looks not just by their tastes.

Chestnut Manju↓


Persimmon represents Japanese autumn fruits. Most of persimmon are made from dried persimmon so that you can taste the sweetness from persimmon directly.

Dried persimmon with red bean paste filling↓


If you visit Japan in autumn, please try those seasonal sweets too!ヽ(‘ ∇‘ )ノ


Matane! (in Japanese, means “see you soon!”)

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